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Feb 21, 2013 2:00pm EST
fatigue at this point. debt ceiling versus fiscal cliff and now the sequester and as jonathan pointed out, the sequester cuts kind of a rolling cut. they don't really get this. i'll say the white house is probably in a better position messagingwise because what they can do right now and what they are doing right now is pointing to the individual cuts and that resonates with voters and people who are monitoring the news, being able to say, oh, meatpackers can't inspect meat or longer lines at the airport. the resonates with people and effective messaging on their part and republicans don't have that same luxury right now. >> does it resonate only with the people that agree with the president? you talk about, for example, not likely that the republicans in the reddest part of the country receiving calls of constituents. is this again another situation where it resonates? if that's what you believe and going back to the core of this, this huge gap in this country and in people elected to represent us on what should be done particularly when it comes to tax revenue, shira? >> well, i think th
Feb 19, 2013 5:30pm PST
of events with names like the debt ceiling deadline, the fiscal cliff, and the next one is barreling down the tracks. it is called the sequester, but it has nothing to do with a jury. and if it isn't stopped, if it's allowed to go through in ten days, huge automatic spending cuts go into effect. the president used some dire language to warn about it today. and tonight, nbc's john yang explains what this sequester is and the impact it could have for everyone. >> reporter: with no budget deal in sight and automatic spending cuts just days away, president obama said today it was the fault of congressional republicans. >> they haven't come together and done their jobs, and so as a consequence, we've got these automatic, brutal spending cuts. >> reporter: republicans blame the president. >> the president, back in the last session of congress, refused to cut spending in any place. >> reporter: they're fighting over a sequester. washington speak for the $1.2 trillion across-the-board spending cuts that would begin march 1st unless congress and the president agree on a deficit-cutting package. >>
Feb 19, 2013 11:00pm PST
going. pretty simple, huh? republicans threaten to stop it. it's relentless, the fiscal abyss, the debt ceiling. different words, different deadlines all detonate the same explosion. they threaten to crash the government if they don't like the way it's doing something. if they don't like who the american people have elected as approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as ambien. allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of your tongue or throat may occur and may be fatal. intermezzo should not be taken if you have taken another sleep medicine at bedtime or in the middle of the night or drank alcohol that day. do not drive or operate machinery until at least 4 hours after taking intermezzo and you're fully awake. driving, eating, or engaging in other activities while not fully awake withou
Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm EST
? republicans threaten to stop it. it's relentless, the fiscal abyss, the debt ceiling. different words, different deadlines all detonate the same explosion. they threaten to crash the government if they don't like the way it's doing something. if they don't like who the american people have elected as republican. isn't what the republicans did in the old days? if they didn't like a government somewhere, guatemala, iran, chile, they just brought it down. guess what? republicans are now using the same tactic here at home. if they don't like who we have elected as president, they find some way to undermine the president. whatever it takes to destroy it. we are using in this country the same old cold war cia tactics to destabilize our own country. look at the impact this constant threats to shut down the
Feb 20, 2013 3:00am PST
this hand. remember this was all about the debt ceiling. how do we avoid going over the fiscal cliff with the debt ceiling last summer. and they were log jammed. and they said we need something to really make this happen. and at a meeting at the white house somebody said years ago they had a thing called the sequester, where these horrible horrible, horrible cuts were put in there that would happen if congress didn't act. and everybody said okay. let's do that again. then it came up to the congress and the republicans in congress 174 of them voted for this. john boehner paul ryan eric cantor all voted for it. and when it was over john boehner said i love this. i got 98% of what i want. these cuts which are so bad that everybody thought never, never, never would congress go along with it. you know why the republicans want to go along with it? because they don't give a damn. they don't care if the government is whacked across the board. first responders and air traffic controllers and pell grants and all of that other stuff cut. they don't care. so my question to you is,
Feb 22, 2013 11:00am PST
in their perception caved on the fiscal cliff and then having put off the debt ceiling, the republicans really feel like this is something they have to stand their ground on. >> chris, karl rove superpac has an ad out of bom's mess. let me play it and get your reaction to this. >> a bad idea. are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job. teachers laid off. air traffic controllers and airport security. this is hardship on a lot of people. scene zone yours. middle class families. scramble to find -- >> is this ad effective? you can take out the cut-out of the president and put in speaker boehner. he said he would like not to have the sequester come down. >> after that ad, i know why the group was so effective in the last election. >> that was an easy one. it's pretty janky but they're trying to say it's obama's mess and does it instead put the spotlight on the divide within the republican party? those things the president is saying is exactly what speaker boehner has said. >> i think the problem is if you're trying to shift blame to the president right now given the president's l
Feb 16, 2013 11:00am PST
and that was the case with the fiscal cliff deal and the previous debt ceiling fights. on the sequester you're not going to see real negative consequences or a lot of americans potentially losing jobs up until early april at the earliest. that's why you're not seeing a lot of movement on this now. >> lynn, this is how one person is spending his congressional recess, senator marco rubio just announced he is going to join israel ahead of secretary of state john kerry, ahead of the president himself. how should we read this? >> first of all it's telling he didn't say he's also going to the west bank, perhaps he is. most often these trips do include that, that he didn't want to mention if indeed what you showed was the release, that's an interesting angle to follow up on. this is what lawmakers do to season themselves, to become experts. is he not seen as necessarily an expert on international affairs right now and this is one of the areas that you go and by the way, if you wonder why a florida senator would be going to israel, it's because it's a major voting body within the state of florida. there's nothi
Feb 20, 2013 1:40am PST
of the aisle. we had the fiscal cliff, now we have this, we have the debt ceiling deadline in may. there's no dramatic substantive action. it's just one little baby step or kick it down the road and here we are again. and they're playing with people's jobs, money, taxes, livelihoods. our government just seems so dysfunctional and broken and gridlocked. >> and then things like this happen and we go until the 11th hour and oh, a solution but it's not really a solution because we've only done half of the work we should have done. in three months we'll talk about it again and we go through this all over again. just talking about we want to blame both sides and we want to say everybody is responsible. but president obama was up there with the first responders, and some people are questioning whether or not that was a manufactured setup and a scenario where he was like, i'm with these guys, you're the ones that are not able to let this happen and you're going to affect them. but was that necessary is the question? >> all politicians like their backdrops and to put a human face on the issue. fo
Feb 20, 2013 3:00am PST
ceiling fight coming up again in may. so there's a lot of uncertainty around fiscal policy, around government contracting of all kinds. so it's going to be a sort of rolling snowball effect, i might call it, where it gets bigger and bigger. and by may this may be the only thing we're talking about. >> richard, one could wonder at this point, what was the point of setting the sequester limit if now we're just figuring out ways to come up with a new deal? this was supposed to be the deal. this was supposed to be the thing that forced action. >> right. >> what was the point of it if we're not going to enforce it? >> that's a very good question. what was the point of it? the point of it was that people had crawled out on a limb, and they needed to come off it somehow. the very people who crawled out on that limb are now saying, how did we ever get here? you made me do it. it is ridiculous. and unfortunately, you know, what's that hillary clinton line that she used to use? the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. just in ter
Feb 23, 2013 11:00am PST
to our country. >> now, when it came to negotiations on the debt ceiling deal those came down to the wire. we saw the same thing with the fiscal cliff that didn't get resolved until after the deadline had passed and the sequester was supposed to take effect in january, but it got pushed to march. i have to ask you as a member of congress, why does congress put everything to the last minute, right down to the wire. is there a procedural reason for that? a tactical reason? >> it's like poker. you wait until you get the last card in order to find out whether you think you can win or not and then you normally assess what happens if you lose. but when you have a handful of people that can't lose and they want to win and if they stop government they've won and they don't feel the pain like it's their mom or their kids that are losing. they believe that their conservatism is enough to be a patriot to bring their own party down, but to bring the country down with it. and so i heard you say that we'll do this over and over again until people are numb, but even with russian roulette, there is a liv
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